Nature's Place

Green Gold Bee

After a while a little luck, it landed on my stick, the easier for me to get a few shots.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look …

This certainly qualifies as bee activity. Regurgitating liquid takes its full attention, so it doesn’t notice me.

Once it lands and has something to do, after a little time it becomes absorbed and exclusively focussed.

Preening is one of the natural creatures favourite activities. Here ‘wiping’ its feet down its abdomen to the rear – combing.

Caught a little sunshine on the eye, refracting to the colours of the rainbow. A little magical sunlight in the lens.

There’s a place along the way, an opening onto a tidal creek, where people sometimes fish, and birds call loudly after a while.

I sometimes stop there to have a look at the water passing, and anything else that might be, small black crabs peeping from dark holes.

Today, as I came to the edge and looked down I saw a swarm of small bees flashing green in the afternoon sun, flying to the bank beneath my feet.

On closer inspection I could see they were each disappearing into a small hole in the clay, many diggings still visible, at and above the high tide mark.

I stood and looked for a while to see what was happening, and if there was any opportunity for a few shots of these fast moving new-to-me non-stop bees.

Camera at the ready to move in for a shot, I positioned myself and waited to see if any would land on my left hand as I held it outstretched in the sun.

After a while standing still one bee then another landed and did what bees often do, sat and rested, preened and blew ‘bubbles’, but not on my hand.

Instead they started landing on the stick I had set standing in the mud, the one I usually have with me and use for so much besides just a stick.

After a while in the hot sun, bothered now by clouds of tiny midges – you have to endure a little hell for a little gold, one presented.

And another … so I went to work, the easiest part of this particular shoot-out, and took what angles and focus were afforded.

These are some of the best … of this metallic green and yellow masked bee … so far.

Now, if only … but if can never be.

Time’s up … for now.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look



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  1. LisaDay said, on 18/05/2017 at 2:11 am

    These are amazing. In the end, was it better the creatures were on the stick then your hand?

    • Mark said, on 19/05/2017 at 5:33 am

      Thanks Lisa.

      Yes, it’s easier to position for a shot on the stick.

  2. Conny said, on 02/05/2017 at 9:19 pm

    Lovely, thanks for sharing. You inspire me!

  3. Cate said, on 01/05/2017 at 10:50 am

    Beauties, Mark!

  4. Roz said, on 30/04/2017 at 9:33 pm

    Great pics of a beautiful little creature. And the reflection of the antennae in the liquid sphere, so clear.

    • Mark said, on 02/05/2017 at 11:58 pm

      Thanks Roz.

      Yes, the details make the picture.

  5. Lissa said, on 29/04/2017 at 7:23 am

    Very special story and photos Mark :) Thank you again for sharing.

  6. Graham said, on 29/04/2017 at 4:55 am

    Lovely photos, and your words almost feel like poetry too!

  7. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature said, on 28/04/2017 at 12:16 pm

    Such beautiful color! And where the antennae attach looks like a face. Love the regurgitating of liquid! Such great shots, as always. Thank you!

    • Mark said, on 28/04/2017 at 3:37 pm

      She’s a beauty all right.

      Thanks Mary.

  8. Dave Morey said, on 28/04/2017 at 9:46 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this, simply incredible!

  9. David said, on 28/04/2017 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful bee. Presenting to you and you to us. Thank you.

  10. standingoutinmyfield said, on 28/04/2017 at 5:09 am

    Oh WOW, what is that so bee-utiful! Maybe a Hylaeus? Lovely lovely

    • Mark said, on 28/04/2017 at 5:50 am

      Ha, ha .. Yes it is, both I think.

      • standingoutinmyfield said, on 28/04/2017 at 5:00 pm

        I asked an entomologist friend and she wants to know where it was taken; somewhere in Brissie right?

        • Mark said, on 28/04/2017 at 5:44 pm

          Yes, not far from my place in QLD 4165. A sunny spot on Eprapah creek.

  11. Renard Moreau said, on 28/04/2017 at 5:08 am

    [ Smiles ] I don’t think that I have ever seen a green gold bee before; thanks to your photo, I now know what it looks like!

    • Mark said, on 28/04/2017 at 5:55 am

      Now you know … giving it up is more difficult.

      Welcome Renard.

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